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08:15 AM ET 09.28 | Terry Francona's return to the bench may be near. [Francona] is a candidate for the Cleveland Indians' managerial opening, according to major-league sources. The biggest question is whether he will want the job. Sources say that Francona, 53, already has had preliminary contact with the Indians, the team for whom he worked as a special assistant in 2001. The Indians fired Manny Acta on Thursday and replaced him with interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr., who also will be a candidate for the permanent position. Meanwhile, Francona is unlikely to get the job that friends say he coveted most if an opening occurred -- the Los Angeles Angels' What is not known: Whether the Indians could pay Francona a large enough salary to persuade him to leave [ESPN].

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September 28, 2012  09:21 AM ET

I doubt he will have the same success in Cleveland. They aren't ready to win Central yet.

September 28, 2012  09:25 AM ET

He'd be seeing a lot of Sale, Verlander and Scherzer if he ends up there.

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September 28, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Francona the #1 candidate? I guess it all depends on if he will play for food stamps???

September 28, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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If its a matter of paying, then this wont happen. Dolan and Co. have demonstrated they either can't/won't put their money where their mouths are.Shapiro..Antonetti both need to go

Unfortunately Shapiro and Antonetti are here to stay, at least for the next couple seasons. What irks me is that Acta was Antonetti's hire and when you add this to his other miscues I don't understand why he gets a free pass??

September 28, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Why fire Acta with a week left in the season?

September 28, 2012  09:53 AM ET

I don't think Tito will take the job but I think Sandy Alomar Jr. deserves a shot. He has interviewed for a number of other managerial positions including Boston. Maybe Mike Hargrove would agree to be his bench coach. But the biggest problem is that they have to upgrade this roster as there is a serious lack of talent. Yeah, they were contending in June and July but they were playing way, way over their heads. And maybe Acta should have gotten some credit for that...

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September 28, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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And maybe Acta should have gotten some credit for that...

That's what I'm saying.

I've heard people saying, "Acta sucks because two years in a row his team has been in contention and then fell off a cliff."

I say, "look at those two teams almost completely bereft of talent, maybe he should get credit for having shat teams in contention that late into the season."

That said, I really think the biggest contribution a manager can make is with intangebles like cheerleading/keeping the moral up and I have no idea if Acta's any good at that or not. So, I guess I'm saying that I don't know if he's a good manager, but you certainly shouldn't judge him just on the fact that he couldn't make a talentless team compete.

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September 28, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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You make great points. I know that Shapiro is pretty much untouchable short of a disaster, but Antonetti is part of the problem. He has traded away most of the prospects..ex for the Jiminez trade.

Trades, drafting and free agency have all been failures under his watch.

Terrible GM.

September 28, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Funny how so many Mediocre or sub par teams change managers on a yearly basis . The bottom line fellas it doesn't matter if you put Connie Mack , Larussa , whomever . If you dont' have the horses You ain't going nowhere .

September 28, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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He has traded away most of the prospects..ex for the Jiminez trade.

And there lies another problem with the Indians, they rely to heavy on trades and don't spend on quality free agents.

When you make trades you essentially drain your system and when you sign quality free agents you get to keep your prospects in hope that they pan out. I criticize the Yanks a lot but this is mostly out of jealousy. They don't break the rules, they just go out and sign quality bats when needed while letting their talent develop in the minors.

The Indians need to spend a little more when considering their needs in the off season instead of packaging together players and ponying up at the trade deadline.

September 28, 2012  11:10 AM ET

As an Indians fan it makes me so mad when you see the Tigers in first with 84 wins and only a handful of games left. This division was theirs for the taking and they squandered it!

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September 28, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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So what I am hearing you say is....And introducing the new manager of your Cleveland Indians....DOC EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is Doc still alive?

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